Thursday, June 11, 2015

How to Fit a Dining Room into Small Spaces


Rent to Dining rooms are, in our opinion, an integral part of the home. This is where people gather, not just to eat, but to laze around, work on, chat and sometimes, prepare food. Every space, regardless of size, needs a dining room - big, elegant homes or even tiny apartments.

Whenever we ask readers why they don't entertain more often, lack of space inevitably crops up as a recurring reason. Although space can definitely limit the types of parties you host (it might not be a great idea to have a kegger in your studio apartment), it shouldn't keep you from inviting smaller groups of friends over for a dinner party. Here are five ways to make room for a dining table, even if you live in a few hundred square feet.

1. Try a round table: A compact round table usually seats more people than a rectangular one, and it can fit into tight corners. Kens' table (shown in the first photo above) is an extra-space-saving vintage Danish modern Hans Olsen dining set.

2. Make a surface do double duty: Fold two (or three) spaces into one — a bar countertop can easily double as a dining table.

3. Use a folding table: In Emily and Meeko's apartment, a collapsible table can be put away if they ever need more open floor space.

4. Mount your dining room table: Angela and Tania created a "murphy table" that folds flat against the wall shelving when not in use.

5. Choose an expandable table: Lauren and Stiles have an expandable table, with leaves, that can seat fewer when they're eating alone, but make room for more when they're having company.

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